toronto fashion week: chloe comme parris

(images via front row mag)

other than a quick look at one of their f/w 2012 looks, we haven’t yet had the opportunity to talk about canadian label chloe comme parris, but honestly when taking in their f/w 2013 toronto fashion week show and seeing the definite grunge allusions, i kind of couldn’t pass it by, and thought we’d take the time to at least give a quick look-see at their charming throwback early nineties wares. right, yes?

so. anyway, according to flare, “(o)pening with Nirvana‘s ‘All Apologies,’ the show featured highly covetable reiterations of ’90s favourites such as the slip dress and the moto jacket styled in casual and effortlessly wearable looks. Loose layers and mixed fabric pairings (such as velvet with silk) added a sumptuousness to what were ultimately classic urban separates in a muted, neutral palette. Minimalist platform creepers provided the perfect finishing touch.”

and elsewhere, prior to a nice, if somewhat meandering (when will these kids figure out some cool questions to ask?) filler magazine noted that “(a0 cool mix match of textures from velvets to sheers, Chloé Comme Parris’ Fall/Winter 2013 collection exudes the effortless allure of ’90s era grudge, brilliantly evoked in made-to-be-seen silk slips and thigh grazing hemlines, coupled with more masculine outer layers of structured leather and boxy cropped jackets.”

“An ode to the mid-‘90s, the show was awash in nostalgic nods, including a soundtrack heavy on the Nirvana and Beck,” trilled toronto life. “Piercing-like clasps  held together leather and velvet dresses slashed diagonally down the chest, short skirts were paired with thigh-high stockings, and spaghetti straps dangled precariously off models’ shoulders. Even more Cobain-like: a long cardigan with a tear at the elbow and the shirts tied around the models’ waists,” and blog to chirped that “the collection used elements like military influences, holographic black leather, and blue velvet – topped off with silver chokers and thigh-high nylons – to bring back the best of the decade we all know and love.”

and while the canadian fashion magazine prattled on about how “check shirts wrapped around the waists of slips: their dresses are beautifully cut in silk and feature custom 19th century Arts & Crafts-influenced prints…Adding to the feeling of rebellious, seething youth were crop tops, patterned thigh-highs, tough leather, army overcoats, vests layered over sheer tunics layered over cropped pants, and dresses slashed across the chest and held together with what looked like metal body piercings,” toronto fashionista relayed how “(e)arthy toned velvet, leather skirts and jackets clothed the slumped models. Outfits with mini skirts were complete with patterned thigh high stockings and creepers.”

then, finally, announced front row mag, “(a) mix of prints, slip dresses, knits and chain detailing, CCP fans will be delighted with the Canadian label’s latest wares, all in a palette of moss green, grey, brown and blue. Well loved the crush velvet frocks, the over-the-knee embroidered socks, the varying braids in greased-up hair of the models and the slick leather jackets that they do so well. But is the fashion world really having a grunge moment? Hedi Slimane’s latest for Saint Laurent drew mixed reviews last month, so only time will tell…Luckily for these two, their strong base of prints, coupled with a new, slimmer silhouette for the label, should serve them well.” yeow.

(watch the full fashion show video here)


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